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Gary LaPointe Jr.
Chicago IL US
Updated: 2021-11-08 13:56:54


At its core, my work investigates material boundaries, systems of circulation, and what constitutes notions of value. Within this inquiry, I construct sculptures, drawings, collages, and prints that mine the shifting frameworks of our built and altered natural environments, as well as, the facets and rituals of queer identity. I am interested in locating and jostling solidified material constructs within objects and images to allow for new relationships and perspectives to shift into focus.

In my sculptural work, I often fabricate and transform found objects that range from urban infrastructure and utilitarian tools to domestic, intimate, and personally owned items. As methods of production, I distill, layer, combine and reframe materials and objects to alter surface tensions and to modify meanings of language and codes; while grappling with the inherent paradoxes and failures embedded within doing so. I also interweave personal narratives both experienced, observed, or otherwise within my configurations as a way to decipher a sense of identity and to reference the queer body through acts of desire and care. Alongside this, I also produce process-based drawings and works on paper that reference compromised units of measurement, and forms of repair and reconfiguration. Collectively, my work offsets systems to oscillate between realms of materiality which allow for new definitions to unfold.